How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon with a Tweet

August 7, 2018
Jeffrey Lewis

The following is an excerpt from Wired.

Times have changed. The president is being held in check by terrified aides who are trying to keep his worst impulses in check. But disaster may only be a tweet away.


Past leaders—Kennedy and Khruschev, Reagan and Andropov—had one more advantage: time. Those crises played out over days or weeks. Leaders had time to process information, to discuss it with advisers, to think about what it means. They made mistakes, but those mistakes were not immediately broadcast around the word. It simply wasn’t possible for the president to learn of a crisis on cable television or to send it spinning out of control with a careless social media post on his way to being briefed. To put it mildly: Times have changed.

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